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September 13, 2021
August 21, 2021
Getting an energy boost that can keep you going all day often means sacrificing good nutrition. Few foods give you the kick that a cup of coffee, a can of cola, or a sugary candy bar can. If you’re watching your weight, the challenge is finding foods that can not only give you a boost but are good for you as well.
The goal in planning your daily diet is to focus on meals that are low in fat, high in fiber, contain protein and have complex carbs. This ensures a slow breakdown of sugars and regular energy throughout the day.
Having a good breakfast is the first and most important step in building up your energy stores to get through a busy day. Even if you aren’t particularly hungry, you should eat within four hours of walking.
What you eat for breakfast should account for about 25 percent of the day’s calories, so go for low-fat, high-fiber cereal and mild or a complex carb such as a bagel with juice. Avoid foods with a high level of simple sugars; the sudden energy boost will be quickly canceled out by a crash in energy later in the day.
Staying hydrated can also help. Drinking at least six glasses of water a day can keep you from feeling sluggish and tired.
In addition to water, another source of energy that’s good for you is Hair of the Dog, which comes in carb-free and sugar-free versions. Hair of the Dog is an energy beverage that contains 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C, milk thistle extract, and patented detoxifiers, which protect the liver from the damage caused by toxins such as medications, pollutants, and alcohol.
Snacks can also provide the body with the energy it needs. Just be sure to choose wholesome snacks rather than those loaded with sugar or fat. Go for fruit, a few baby carrots, some cheese or a handful of nuts, a glass of milk, a few whole-grain crackers, or even a low-fat granola bar. Snacks that fit in your purse or can be stored in a desk drawer for easy access will ensure you get the quick boost you need when your energy starts to flag.
If you still have the energy after reading this please call or email us and we will be happy to provide you with an insurance 'check-up'
August 9, 2021
School is back in session and Dave Reed wants you to keep the following safe driving tips in mind.
1. In all 50 states it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus loading or unloading children. The only exception to this rule is when you are traveling on a divided roadway.
2. Be alert for school zones that have a reduced speed limit at designated times of the day.
3. Practice school safe driving by keeping an eye out for children walking in the street, especially where there are no sidewalks.
4. Be alert for children playing and gathering near bus stops and for those that may dart into the street while playing.
5. When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch for children walking or biking to school.
6. When driving in neighborhoods or school zones, watch for young people who may be in a hurry to get to or away from school and may not be thinking about getting there safely.
7. Parents, be a good role model as you practice these school safe driving tips. Always buckle seat belts, wear a helmet when biking, and always follow pedestrian rules. Review these rules with your children regularly.
The safety of you and your family is important to us at Dave Reed Insurance, the Peace of Mind People®. Please practice these school driving safety tips. Call our offices at 850 494-2264 and at 850 453-8555 for your insurance needs.
July 24, 2021
Don’t post on social media until you return.
Let a trusted neighbor know you will be away and have them keep an eye on your home. It is a good idea to leave your vacation address and telephone number with a neighbor so you can be reached in case of an emergency.
Be aware of any travel and health alerts at your destination
Write out a schedule and give it to a family member for safety purposes.
Make copies of all of your credit cards, important identification information, including your medical insurance cards, and your traveler's checks.
Look for deals. You can find websites all over the internet that can help you score deals on hotels, amusement park tickets, airline travel and so on. Make sure you look for bargains after you set the budget.
Put inside and outside lights on timers.
Advise your alarm company and local police if you will be gone for an extended period.
Stop the paper and garbage service.
Don’t take expensive jewelry with you. Jewelry can get lost or be a target for thieves.
Never put your home address on your luggage tags. Write your phone number instead.
If you are traveling to a foreign country remember to study up on laws and customs. You will have a much better time if you understand the culture.
Make sure all electrical appliances are turned off.
Before you leave for vacation, you may decide to close your curtains to prevent people from peering inside your home to see whether you're there. However, closed curtains also stop those who aim to help the police, your neighbors or friends from seeing inside your house
All of us at Dave Reed Insurance hope you are able to get away, and if not, have fun anyway!
July 15, 2021
Ready or Not Ready?
Preparedness Quiz – Scoring and Answer Key
Emergencies such as natural disasters, an influenza pandemic, or terrorist event have the potential of
disrupting thousands of lives. One may affect you and your family. Are you prepared for an emergency to
strike? Let’s find out how you did!
8-10 correct answers.
Consider yourself ready! Be sure to remember to update your emergency supply kit(s) and emergency
plan on a regular basis. To find out how, visit the Ready Navy webpage (http://www.ready.navy.mil).
5-7 correct answers.
You’re almost ready, but may need to do a little brushing up! Visit the Ready Navy webpage for more
information on how to become ready (http://www.ready.navy.mil).
0-4 correct answers.
You are not ready! It’s time to visit the Ready Navy webpage to find out what you need to do to become
1. As long as I have all the necessary supplies for an emergency kit somewhere in my
house, I am prepared for an emergency.
The correct answer is False. Keeping all of your emergency kit supplies stored all in the
same location—preferably in a portable bag or container—will make it much easier to
grab your kit and go in the case of an evacuation.
2. If local authorities told me to evacuate, I would:
Refuse to leave. Most ‘emergencies’ don’t turn out to be a big deal.
Wait to see if the situation worsened, then decide.
Follow the advice of local responders to ensure my safety and theirs.
Call my neighbor and see what she thinks I should do.
The correct answer is “Follow the advice of local responders to ensure my safety and
theirs.”If local authorities advise you to evacuate, be sure to follow their instruction.
3. Our emergency supply kit has enough materials to sustain myself and my family:
For at least four hours.
Through the night.
Until we get to a shelter.
For at least three days.
The correct answer is “For at least three days.” You may need to survive on your own after an
emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to
last for at least three days. Local officials and emergency personnel will respond after a disaster,
but they may not be able to reach everyone right away.
4. As long as one person in my family knows what our emergency plan is, our family is
The correct answer is False.If everyone in your family knows what your family emergency
plan is and participates in developing the plan it, nobody is left wondering what to do when an
5. My family and I have:
An emergency kit at home.
An emergency kit in the car(s).
An emergency kit at work.
All of the above.
The correct answer is “All of the above.”Having kits in your home, your car, and at work
will enable you and your family to respond to an emergency more quickly and will be useful
whether you have to evacuate or shelter in place.
6.Since my spouse is a FIRST RESPONDER, he/she will be able to make sure our
family is safe if an emergency strikes.
The correct answer is False. Due to the nature of being a FIRST RESPONDER, your
spouse may be or called away to help others in the emergency situation, leaving you
and your family left to react on your own.
7. In terms of water, our emergency supply kit has:
A small bottle for each member of the family.
A gallon a day for each family member for three days.
One gallon for the family to share.
More water for the adults than the kids.
The correct answer is “A gallon a day for each family member for three days.” In the
event of a disaster,you may need to survive on your own for a period of time, so be prepared
with enough water for everyone in your household for at least three days.
8. Our family’s emergency plan contact person is:
Our next door neighbor.
Our family friend who lives two blocks away.
üGrandma and Grandpa Smith or someonewho livesin another state.
The Governor of our state.
The most correct answer is “Grandma and Grandpa Smith who live in another state.”
Your family’s emergency plan contact person should be someone who lives outside your
region, preferably in another state. Otherwise, your contact person may be dealing with
the same emergency situation and may be hard to reach.
9. The four aspects of being prepared for an emergency are:
Be informed, make a plan, build a kit, stay informed.
Call a friend, go to the hospital, go home, stand outside and watch.
Make a plan, practice the plan, keep the plan to myself, ignore the plan.
Water, batteries, map, perishable food.
The correct answer is “Be informed, make a plan, build a kit, stay informed.” The
National Ready Campaign urges all Americans to be and stay informed about the
potential disasters that could strike where you live, make an emergency plan, and put
together an emergency supply kit.
10. Including children in the family emergency planning process will only scare them,
so it should be avoided at all costs.
The correct answer is False. When children are included in the family emergency planning
process and know how to respond, it actually helps them stay much calmer in the event of an
actual emergency situation.